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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Elizabeth Taylor funeral could be picketed by Westboro Baptist Church; Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital

The funeral of Elizabeth Taylor could become the site of demonstrations by Westboro Baptist
Elizabeth Taylor, inadvertently causing controversy even after her death. (AP)
Church, the conservative Kansas congregation knows for its extreme stance against homosexuality. Taylor’s work as an AIDS advocate has apparently captured the focus of Westboro’s attention. However, the group has threatened to raise a ruckus at previous celebrity funerals without actually following through, so maybe history will repeat itself. (Huffington Post) (WaPo’s Under God)

Zsa Zsa Gabor is rushed to hospital after the death of Elizabeth Taylor causes a sharp rise in her blood pressure. “I’m next,” she reportedly told her publicist. (USA Today)

Lindsay Lohan has officially rejected the plea deal in the jewelry theft case and opted to go to trial. She is due in court April 22 for a preliminary hearing and faces up to three years in prison if she’s convicted. Lohan maintains that she did not steal the necklace and was given permission to take it. (ABC News)

Chris Brown appears on BET’s “106 & Park” and says he’s sorry for his “Good Morning America” outburst. But he also notes that he did not anticipate Robin Roberts’s Rihanna questions and therefore needed “to release the anger that I had inside me.” (TMZ)

Ed Harris is cast as a presidential candidate and a certain famous pirate teams up with Ricky Gervais, after the jump.

Ed Harris has been cast as Sen. John McCain in HBO’s adaptation of “Game Change.” He’ll star opposite previously announced running mate Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin . (NY Times)

Johnny Depp will guest star in Ricky Gervais’s BBC2 sitcom “Life is Short.” The comedy, which stars Warwick Davis as the head of a talent agency for little people, will also eventually air on HBO. (The Hollywood Reporter)

In still more HBO news, the network has greenlighted a new comedy pilot, “Spring/Fall,” about the New York fashion world; it will star Tea Leoni. (Deadline)

Charlie Sheen’s mom, Janet Templeton Sheen, is reportedly not happy with Donald Trump for recent statement about her son and his marriage to Brooke Mueller. (The Daily)

Following the example set by Sandra Bullock, Gwen Stefani has donated $1 million to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. (Pop2It)

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